Whether you are taking the plane and backpacking, or getting straight into a nice hotel, packing is a hard part unless you have money to get everything into the plane. Although you can pack as you regularly do, going to a different country means the needs will be different. Eastern Asia experiences the seasons but the timing of the seasons tend to wary a bit. So depending on your time of travel you might have to beware the climatic conditions in the destination area.
When packing shoes
Do not pack heavy shoes, even for winter. Whichever shoes you are bringing must be easy to take off and then put back on quickly. The tradition of taking off shoes when you enter a house in Japan is something that is highly regarded and you will have to abide by this rule as well if you are going there. If your destination is Bintan island resort or some other then you do not have to worry about taking off shoes every time you enter a house but you still need comfortable and open shoes due to the heat in Malaysia. Another good idea to keep with you is to take one pair of shoes with you and then add shoes to your shopping list.
Unless your final destination is a hotel or somewhere like Bintan island resort, then packing lightly is one of the easier ways to travel without breaking your back trying to unload your bags. Japan destination has a system for heavy packing people to move their luggage using the ‘takuhaibin’ luggage forwarding system. But if you do not want to spend money on such luxuries, then stick to packing only one luggage bag maximum and buying items as needed when you are at the destination. As shopping is a major part of travelling, keeping space in your luggage for items you end up buying is a good idea.
Depending on the season and place you might need winter clothes, but this only applies to East Asia. So when you are planning on travelling to East Asia, make sure you catch spring or summer seasons. Southern Asia and Southeast Asia does not experience the seasons so take your summer clothes with you.
Comfort should be given priority over things like fashion when travelling. You will most likely be travelling long distances, in heat and rain and other weather conditions and your fashionable items might not survive the trip.
When you are travelling, keep your essentials and vital items like passport, tickets and lodging confirmations packed separately and always with you.